Russian UFC fighter not allowed into U.S. to participate in Jones-Cormier tournament

Visa problems prevent Dagestan-born Rustam Khabilov from taking part

Rustam Kabilov. Source: AP

Russian UFC lightweight Rustam Khabilov will not be able to fight the American Danny Castillo in Las Vegas, where the main event will be the title light heavyweight dual between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, reports MMAJunkie.

The reason is related to problems with the U.S. visa, which the Dagestan-born Khabilov had not been able to obtain. UFC is now looking for a new contender.

Khabilov had participated in four UFC (the toughest MMA organization in the world) fights, losing only once - in June to former champion Benson Henderson. The UFC 182 competition will take place on Jan. 3, 2015.

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